Travelling to Devon for Conference Delegates

Though Devon may seem like a world away, it’s also less than 2 hours travelling distance from many major UK cities, and easily accessible by train, plane and car.


It’s simple to reach Devon by road - the M5 motorway runs to Exeter, and of course links to other major motorways including the M4 which can be joined at Bristol.

Major A roads linking the M5 include the North Devon link road (A361) serving North Devon from junction 27, the A30 serving Okehampton and West Devon from junction 31 and the A38 and A380 serving Plymouth and Torbay respectively (a continuation of the M5 at junction 31).

If you are travelling from the south and east and prefer a more scenic route, you can follow the M25/M3, then the A303/A30.

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Bus or Coach

National Express coach services arrive from all over the country, making Devon easy to reach by bus or coach. Main National Express stops in Devon are Exeter, Tiverton and Plymouth in the southern half of the county and Bideford, Barnstaple, Westward Ho! and Ilfracombe in the northern half.


Great Western Railway operates journeys to Devon from over 270 destinations by train. Direct, high-speed services from Paddington, operated by Great Western Railway, stop at Tiverton, Exeter St. Davids, Newton Abbot, Totnes and Plymouth.

Travel First Class and take advantage of free Wi-Fi, plug sockets and complimentary refreshments, allowing you to make the most of your travel time.

If you are a conference organiser or attendee, you can get discounted rail tickets through GWR, with special conference fares available from most stations on the network. See for more information and to book.


There are flights from many UK airports to Exeter International Airport including Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and the Channel Islands.

There are also flights from international airports - major hubs such as Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Dublin, and regional airports including Geneva, Brest, Dubrovnik, Faro and Salzburg. There are also long-haul flights from Toronto. Most flights are operated by Flybe.